ETFO Receives “No Board” Report
As you may recall, a conciliation meeting took place between ETFO, the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA), the Council of Trustees’ Associations (CTA) and the government on Monday, November 4. Your ETFO Bargaining Team requested “no board” reports for Teacher/Occasional and Education Worker central bargaining because no significant movement around outstanding issues occurred at that meeting.
The “no board” reports have been issued by the Minister of Labour and are dated November 8, 2019. The “no board” reports put ETFO in a legal strike position as of Monday, November 25, 2019.
Receiving the “no board” reports means that if ETFO wishes to take strike action, such action would be legal as of Monday, November 25, 2019.
It does NOT mean, however, that ETFO must or will take job action.
Receiving a “no board” report doesn’t mean negotiations have ended.
The process of asking for a “no board” report places heightened pressure on the government, OPSBA and CTA to focus on reaching an agreement. While ETFO may be in a legal position to take strike action on November 25, 2019, it becomes a strategic decision as to whether or not ETFO will take strike action on that date, or after that date.
ETFO’s priority remains achieving a negotiated settlement. But ETFO’s Provincial Executive is considering the next steps that must be taken to obtain a fair deal that meets the needs of our members.
ETFO stewards will be attending meetings in November to receive a bargaining update and hear about those next steps.
Ignore Media Speculation
The media can sometimes engage in unfounded speculation around bargaining.
Do not react to rumours and information you see on television, hear on the radio or view online about ETFO bargaining-related issues, including speculation about possible job action. Your “go to” phrase when you do see such information should be:
“I’m not going to believe it until I hear it directly from ETFO.”
Do you have questions about ETFO’s request for a “no board” report?